An Ode to Salonika: The Ladino Verses of Bouena Sarfatty

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Through the poetry of Bouena Sarfatty (1916-1997), An Ode to Salonika sketches the life and demise of the Sephardi Jewish community that once flourished in this Greek crossroads city. A resident of Salonika who survived the Holocaust as a partisan and later settled in Canada,
Sarfatty preserved the traditions and memories of this diverse and thriving Sephardi community in some 500 Ladino poems known as coplas. The coplas also describe the traumas the community faced under German...

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Through the poetry of Bouena Sarfatty (1916-1997), An Ode to Salonika sketches the life and demise of the Sephardi Jewish community that once flourished in this Greek crossroads city. A resident of Salonika who survived the Holocaust as a partisan and later settled in Canada,
Sarfatty preserved the traditions and memories of this diverse and thriving Sephardi community in some 500 Ladino poems known as coplas. The coplas also describe the traumas the community faced under German occupation before the Nazis deported its Jewish residents to Auschwitz. The coplas in
Ladino and in Renée Levine Melammed's English translation are framed by chapters that trace the history of the Sephardi community in Salonika and provide context for the poems. This unique and moving source provides a rare entrée into a once vibrant world now lost.

Indiana University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Shmuel Refael

"An important contribution to Judeo-Spanish (Ladino) studies as well as to the history of Greek Jews during Holocaust. Melammed has done her best to present Bouena's impressive text." —Shmuel Refael, Bar-Ilan University

Jewish Book Council

"[T]hose wanting insight into the world of Greek Jews before, during, and after the Holocaust are likely to find this unique work well worth their time." —Jewish Book Council

eSefarad

"What a pleasure and joy for us, the Ladino speakers, to have gained another marvelous book where we read memories written in Ladino about Salonika... It is also a joy for those who know English and are interested in Sephardi culture and history... In whatever language, this is a book that will make you smile and cry, reminisce and think and learn a great deal." —eSefarad

From the Publisher
"This fine volume provides indispensable insights into the lives of the Jews of
Salonika in the years before and during the Holocaust, both in the words of Bouena Sarfatty herself and in the author's presentation." —Sephardic Horizons
H-Judaic

"Melammed’s meticulous translation of Sarfatty’s coplas, which express both the tonality and cultural distinctiveness of Sephardi Jewish life, is a genuine contribution to scholarship and deserves praise." —H-Judaic

Sephardic Horizons

"This fine volume provides indispensable insights into the lives of the Jews of Salonika in the years before and during the Holocaust, both in the words of Bouena Sarfatty herself and in the author's presentation." —Sephardic Horizons

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Meet the Author

Renée Levine Melammed is Dean of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in
Jerusalem and author of Heretics or Daughters of Israel: The Crypto-Jewish Women of Castile and
A Question of Identity: Iberian Conversos in Historical Perspective. She is academic editor of
Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues, published by IUP, and a columnist for the Jerusalem Post.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: 20th Century Salonika and Bouena’s Ladino
Coplas
1. Bouena’s Ode to Salonika
2. Tradition versus Modernity and
Historical Developments
3. Coplas Written by Bouena Sarfatty Garfinkle about Life in
Salonika
4. "The Miseries the Germans Inflicted on Salonika"
5. Coplas about the Miseries that the Germans Inflicted upon Salonika from
1941-1943
Glossary
Notes
Bibliography
Index of Community
Members’ Names That Appear in the Coplas
Index

Indiana University Press

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